Monday, January 2, 2012

GenSoftReviews 2011 User Choice Awards Announced

I received this press release from Louis Kessler yesterday:


GenSoftReviews 2011 User Choice Awards Announced

GenSoftReviews, the site where genealogists go to rate and review their programs, announces their 2011 award winners.


December 31, 2011

In the three years that the
GenSoftReviews website has been in operation, genealogists have posted over 1000 reviews and ratings of the genealogy software they use. Each year, GenSoftReviews tabulates the highest rated programs, and awards any program achieving a score of 4.00 or more out of 5, a Users Choice Award.

The programs winning a GenSoftReviews Users Choice Award for 2011 include:

Ancestral Quest - 4.89 out of 5
Family Historian - 4.63 out of 5
My Great Big Family - 4.62 out of 5
Personal Ancestral File - 4.61 out of 5
Ultimate Family Tree - 4.59 out of 5
GenSmarts - 4.52 out of 5
WikiTree - 4.48 out of 5
Genbox Family History - 4.47 out of 5
The Next Generation - 4.45 out of 5
RootsMagic - 4.45 out of 5
Brother's Keeper - 4.42 out ot 5
Reunion - 4.36 out of 5
Family Tree Maker - Up to Version 16 - 4.18 out of 5
Legacy - 4.06 out of 5

Congratulations go to all the 2011 winners.


About Louis Kessler

Louis Kessler has been a genealogist and a programmer for over 30 years. He developed and maintains the GenSoftReviews site. He is also the author of his own genealogy program known as Behold that can be found at


Congratulations to the developers of all of the programs listed above.

The program that is conspicuously missing is Family Tree Maker (2008 and after), which is rated at 2.51 overall,  2.53 for 2011 and 2.49 before 2011. 

I have worked with Family Historian, WikiTree, RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker (up to version 16) and Legacy Family Tree on the list above.

Have you visited the GenSoftReviews website recently?  Have you added your opinions about genealogy software and online family trees to the site? 

1 comment:

Louis Kessler said...

Other notables missing include:

Family Tree Builder, which won in 2009 and 2010 but only achieved 3.71 this year.

The Master Genealogist which only achieved 3.61.

Gramps which won in 2009 but only achieved 3.21 this year.

MacFamilyTree at 2.89.

and Geni got demolished with just a 1.71 rating.

The users spoke!